Adaptation policy at supranational level? Evidence from the European Union

G.R. Biesbroek, R.J. Swart

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The European Union (EU) is a supranational entity for which climate change adaptation has become an important policy topic. This chapter seeks to address the question of how the EU currently governs climate change adaptation. The authors show how the open method of coordination as governing logic offers the possibility for the European Commission to mainstream climate change adaptation considerations through the acquiscommunautaire. Moreover, this approach also offers the Commission the possibility to stimulate the exchange of best practices, setting up new policy, practice and knowledge networks, involving non-governmental organizations and the private sector in adaptation, and to facilitate coordination and cooperation between member states and regions. Beyond these mostly procedural policy tools, however, the EU has very limited power to force member states to start adapting. The authors reflect on what these insights from the EU mean for governing climate change adaptation at the supranational level in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy
EditorsE.C.H. Keskitalo, B.L. Preston
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Electronic)9781786432520
ISBN (Print)9781786432513
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSocial and Political Science 2019


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